Machine Operator

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 1341580767-2
  • Date Posted: 1 June 2024
  • Apprentice Employer: Cotteswold Dairy
  • Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
  • Apprentice Pay: £12.14 to £12.95 Per Hour
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Health and Safety, Social care
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

About this Apprenticeship

Due to an increase in demand, Cotteswold Dairy are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable individual to join us as a Machine Operator in our central production site based in Tewkesbury. We process locally sourced milk, packaged at the main plant and delivered to depots in Cheltenham, Hereford, North Wales, Shrewsbury and London: who then service our customers across the UK.

Experience of working in food production as a machine operative would be ideal, however candidates who are proactive with the ability to work accurately and with precision in a fast-paced environment will also be considered in a trainee role which will prepare you for full time work as a Machine Operative (salaries are banded based on experience). We also have entry-level roles as Production Operatives, which provides a strong base for moving into Machine Operator roles in the future

Machine Operator Training

As a Training Centre with a dedicated Learning & Development Co-ordinator we offer development opportunities within the role to broaden your skillset and the ability to gain recognised qualifications. We strongly encourage progression within the business, and there are many additional skills you can gain in Production to further your development, including recognised NVQs in Food Safety and HACCP

The Machine Operator Role

Quality and food safety will be at the heart of this specialist role, and as such it is a hands-on position. Key duties will include:

  • Setting up, cleaning down and operating milk and cream filling equipment while maintaining efficiency standards
  • Maintaining and monitoring quality through Company standards; maintaining excellent levels of health, safety and hygiene
  • Packing finished products on the end of the line ready to send through to distribution

Due to food hygiene regulations only one solid wedding band is permitted. No earrings, studs, bracelets, necklaces, makeup, strong smelling deodorants or perfumes are permitted in the production area

Machine Operator Working Hours

Five shifts per week across Monday - Saturday.

Early shift: 0530 - Finish; Late shift: 1330 - Finish; Saturday early shift only

The above is an example only - a degree of flexibility is required: days off are on a rota basis. Finish times may flex due to production variables, times stated are an indication.

In order to meet the shift times you will need to have your own transportation or live within walking/cycling distance of the depot. Please note that Public Transport from Cheltenham, Gloucester or Worcester does not arrive at the depot early enough

This role is suited to individuals that are pro-active, have a positive attitude, and are strong multitaskers. You must be flexible and willing to work shifts and be reliably able to commute to work at the times indicated

Company Benefits

We also offer benefits including:

  • Competitive salary with scope to train and advance within the business
  • 22 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • Additional day of holiday after 3 years' service
  • Refer a friend - receive up to £500 per referral
  • Cycle to work scheme (via Salary Sacrifice)
  • Discounted products, including doorstep delivery where available
  • Group personal pension scheme via Aviva (4% employee, 4.5% employer)
  • Health and wellbeing benefit with Simply Health
  • Regular social calendar of events

To be considered for this fantastic opportunity as a Machine Operator please click apply now